Patriots Vs. Ravens: New England Defense Falters in 31-30 Loss In Baltimore

The Patriots blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday night to lose to the Ravens, 31-30

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Patriots look to get back to .500 against Bills

The New England Patriots fell to 1-2 after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, their first time under .500 since they lost their 2003 season opener to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots will play those same Buffalo Bills as they attempt to get back to .500 during Week 4 in Buffalo.

The Bills have won two straight and sit a game ahead of the Patriots at 2-1. Last season the Bills beat the Patriots in a 34-31 shootout when the two met in Buffalo. This is the first AFC East game for New England this season.

Here’s the full schedule for Week 4, all times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Sunday, Sept. 30

Monday, Oct. 1

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Tom Brady says he never blames refs for a loss

Despite frustrations surrounding the NFL's replacement referees, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted Tuesday he never blames officials for the outcome of a game -- including Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens that featured head coach Bill Belichick grabbing a referee during the postgame.

"I feel like these guys are doing the best they can do, to tell you the truth," Brady said to WEEI's Dennis & Callahan during his weekly appearance. "They are going to miss calls and so forth, but part of my job is not to worry about officials. I hate talking about them, I have never talked about the officials. The reason we lost our particular game wasn't because of the officials. I wouldn't say that I could blame them, that's the easy way out."

Brady said it was frustrating to lose Sunday, but none of his frustrations had to do with the referees. Instead, he was upset about figuring out how his team blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The two-time NFL MVP did admit he has seen changes with the behavior of players on the field with the replacement refs, as players are more physical and there's more pushing and shoving.

"But from my standpoint, for me, it's been business as usual and that's the way our offense has been."

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Bill Belichick On Ref Incident: 'I Did Try To Get Official's Attention'

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick attempted to explain his point of view in regards to the controversial ending of Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

After Baltimore place kicker Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal, the quality of the call came into question and Belichick was seen grabbing the arm of line judge Esteban Garza as everyone was leaving the field. On Monday afternoon, the Patriots head coach explained that he was merely trying to gain the official's attention to see if the play was going to be reviewed.

After attempting and failing to gain his attention, Belichick grabbed Garza so he could speak with him about the call. He says he didn't mean to offend or disrespect the official with his actions, via The Boston Herald:

"I've coached in this league a long time and never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that. I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do. I'm trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call [...] in that game."

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NFL Will Review Bill Belichick's Contact With Ref After Patriots Loss

Immediately following the New England Patriots' 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, head coach Bill Belichick grabbed a referee while looking for an explanation on the game-winning field goal.

While the physical contact with a ref has garnered plenty of attention and caused a controversy, Belichick doesn't expect to be fined by the NFL. However, the league will be reviewing the situation.

When prompted for his opinion of the officiating, the three-time Super Bowl champion didn't have much to say.

"I’m not going to comment about that," Belichick said. "You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?"

Belichick also responded with a simple "no" when asked if he's expecting a fine.

Most fans and experts who watched the game were extremely critical of the officiating, as pointed out by Gregg Rosenthal at nfl.com:

The NBC crew of Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels called the situation "ridiculous" at one point. The Baltimore crowd, upset by a call that extended New England's final drive, had the most intense, expletive-filled chant we've ever heard.

After the league sent out a memo telling the coaches to show respect to the replacement refs, it will be intriguing to see if it fines perhaps the most recognizable coach in football.

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Patriots Vs. Ravens Final Score: Baltimore Edges New England, 31-30

A 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker helped the Baltimore Ravens complete a fourth-quarter comeback and defeat the visiting New England Patriots, 31-30, at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The victory helped the Ravens improve their record to 2-1 overall, while the Patriots (1-2) dropped its second straight game.

Tucker's lone field goal of the night capped a seven-play, 70-yard drive that began with just under two minutes to go in the game. Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco completed 3 of 4 passes for 45 yards on the final drive, but it was a pass interference penalty on Patriots' defensive back Devin McCourty on Baltimore wide receiver Jacoby Jones that moved the ball to New England's seven-yard line.

After the Ravens ran one play to center the ball in the middle of the field and rundown the clock to :02 remaining, Tucker just snuck the kick inside the right upright.

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A 20-yard field goal by Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski with 14:19 to play in the fourth quarter seemed to have put the game out of reach as New England led 30-21.

Despite the late-game deficit, the Ravens were able to rally closing the margin to two points, 30-28, after wide receiver Torrey Smith caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Flacco with 4:08 to play.

The Ravens answered the score with a defensive stand which gave its offense the ball with enough time to make a game-winning march.

Ravens running back Ray Rice rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 20 carries, while Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns less than 24 hours after learning about the death of his brother. Flacco finished the game 28-for-39 with 382 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Wes Welker caught eight balls for a 142 yards, while teammate Brandon Lloyd had nine receptions for 108.

Despite earning the win, the Ravens' one-point victory was not enough to cover the 3-point spread.

On Thursday, the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns (8:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network), while the Patriots visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday (1 p.m. on CBS).

Story originally published at SBNation.com.

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Patriots Vs. Ravens Highlights: The 1st Half In .GIFs

A late second-quarter touchdown drive has helped the New England Patriots earn a 20-14 halftime lead over the host Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. The first half of this Week 3 NFL showdown featured two touchdowns and field goals from the Patriots, who scored with seven seconds remaining in the half to earn its six-point lead heading into the locker room.

The go-ahead score was a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was pretty amped to score his first TD of the season.

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Edelman's touchdown was New England second of the night. The first was a two-yard rush by Brandon Bolden, who capped a small three-play, six-yard drive that gave the Patriots an early 10-0 advantage.

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Early on, a lot of things went right for the Patriots, however, things did get a bit chippy as Baltimore clawed back into the game and took a 14-13 lead with 1:53 to go in the half. The chippyness did not sit well with Patriots head coach Bill Belichcik.

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New England Patriots Reportedly Sign Kellen Winslow Jr.

The New England Patriots have signed free agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., sources tell ESPN's AFC East blogger, James Walker. Winslow will try to fill the void of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who's expected to be out at least a month after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Winslow, 29, worked out for the Patriots during training camp, but he did not earn a roster spot. The former No. 6-overall draft pick from the University of Miami will be a part of his third team in four seasons.

Over the offseason, Winslow was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Seattle Seahawks, who released the former Pro Bowler in the spring after he said he wouldn't take a pay cut. Last season for the Bucs', Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6'4, 240-pound tight end has the same athletic build that Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have, and should be a solid second option at tight end for quarterback Tom Brady.

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